January 17th, 2013
Editorâs note: The following is the third of a four-part series on Columbia Cityâs football team.
COLUMBIA CITY â Rain was falling that October Friday night. The Max Gandy Athletic Field was soft and slick.
With conditions like those, the game was bound to be a low-scoring affair dominated by defense.
If someone could bust off one big play, that might have been all it would have taken to win the first sectional game.
Columbia CItyâs wrestling team raised $730 for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. Head coach Blane Culp presented the check to Linda Bewley of Cancer Services after Wednesday nightâs match against Garrett.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs wrestling team suffered a disappointing loss on senior night to Garrett Wednesday, 37-33.
The Eagles went into the final match with a one-point, 34-33 deficit. Despite 152-pound Riley Harterâs best effort, he lost 10-3 to Garrettâs Sam Lawrence.
Although it was one of the final matches of the season, it was Harterâs first time on the mat as a varsity grappler.
Columbia City head coach Blane Culp commended the efforts of Noah Ray and Michael Wright. Wright won a close match in the 126-pound weight class.
COLUMBIA CITY â With high school wrestlingâs regular season meets drawing to a close this week, all teams, including the three Whitley County squads (Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko) are all preparing for their âsecond seasonâ of conference tournaments and the month-long Indiana High School Athletic Association Individual State Tournament series.
All three Whitley County teams will be traveling this Saturday for their conference tournaments. Each enters the tournament with differing, yet similar, goals.
KENDALLVILLE â Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs 8th-grade Lady Eagles (12-2) traveled to East Noble Monday night and won a hard-fought battle by the score of 50-45.
Three players scored in double figures for the Lady Eagles, with Holly Martinez leading the charge with 15 points. Miranda McConnell had 11 points and Darian Farber added 10, with six points coming in the final quarter. Chelsea Pettigrew contributed eight points inside and Morgan Bales had four â including two key free throws in the fourth quarter.
Here are the headlines in Thursday's Post & Mail:
Alleged attempted escapee back in court
Shelter cares for dogs inside and out
Trail to be completed by spring
Turtle Days president talks utilities terms
Central Noble schools to consider arming teachers
Here are the sports headlines in Thursday's Post & Mail:
Columbia City's football season in review, part 3
Columbia City wrestlers fall in final match
Grapplers prep for offseason
ISMS wins three in a row
Editorâs note: The following is the second of a four-part series on Columbia Cityâs football team.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whatever plans the Eagles made for 2012 â Columbia City was brought down to Earth in a season-opening loss at the hands of its neighbors to the west, the Warsaw Tigers.
The Eagles fell by a score of 20-14 in a game where their defense gave up 323 rushing yards.
âI was disappointed by how we came out in that first game,â said head coach Randy Hudgins. âBut, that game got us much more focused.
COLUMBIA CITY â Former Whitko head coach Rob Irwin tried out his third team against Eagle head coach Chris Benedict Tuesday at Columbia City Tuesday. After taking on the Eagles with Carroll, Whitko and now Huntington North, Irwin fell just short of his first win against Benedict since 2001.
Irwinâs only two wins over Columbia City as Whitkoâs play-caller came in 2008 and 2009, when Benedict was coaching at Valparaiso.
Though Irwin was hoping for the win, he holds no animosity against Benedict.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City man who had pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. Nicholas Morthorst, 25, was sentenced 10 years for the charge â which is a Class B felony. He will serve six years of the sentence with the other four being suspended.
Morthorst had several family members write to the court who were concerned for the outcome of his sentence. His uncle, Thomas Morthorst, took the stand and testified on behalf of his nephew.